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Can You Register Your Domain Name as a Trademark?

A domain name can become a trademark only if it is used as a trademark. Simply registering a word or words as a domain name does not itself establish trademark rights. Remember, a trademark identifies and distinguishes the source of goods or services. The key is whether the trademark has been used to make such a visual impression that consumers would see it as a symbol of origin separate and apart from anything else. The […]

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Copyright Tasks to Complete Before Next Year – Part 2

There is no shortage of things to get done before the end of the year, so don’t let your copyright concerns fall by the wayside. In my last post, I shared one important task for companies with DMCA agents to complete before year-end: re-file your registration with the U.S. Copyright Office. There is one more important task to complete if it is relevant to your business. Task 2: Complete a Year-End Review of Your Original […]

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Copyright Tasks to Complete Before Next Year – Part 1

When preparing to-do lists this holiday season, don’t forget to include protecting your business from infringement liability and securing copyright assets. In particular, there are two tasks you should complete before 2017 ends. Task 1: Re-file Your DMCA Agent Registration Does your company operate a website where third-parties can post their own content, including text, picture, or video? You could be liable for copyright infringement if any content is posted without the copyright owner’s permission. […]

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A Right That Artists May Not Be Aware They Have

Why Estate Planning and Copyrights Can Get Complicated Fast Many are aware that the 1976 Copyright Act grants copyright protection for an artist’s lifetime plus 70 years. However, it also grants a less commonly known form of protection, which only became available in 2013: the right to terminate transferred copyrights. If an artist transfers a copyright by gift, sale, or to a trust, the artist or the artist’s statutory heirs can regain those transferred rights […]

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International Trademark Association’s Leadership Meeting

Crystal Broughan had the privilege of attending the International Trademark Association’s Leadership Meeting from November 7-11, 2017, in Washington, DC. She attended advanced level educational sessions and exchanged ideas with trademark professionals around the world. Meeting attendance was limited to members of the board of directors, past presidents and counsel, committee chairs and vice chairs, subcommittee chairs, committee members, project team members, and association leaders.

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